Why is the media attacking Tim Farron for his personal opinions?

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It's clear that the media has fallen into the trap of political correctness by attacking a politician for refusing to immediately declare that gay sex is great and not sinful. At the end of the day, he has no policies to do with homosexuality so his views on gay relationships and gay sex are irrelevant. Yet the media has constantly attacked and criticised him for not immediately going along with the gay agenda. Sad
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I bet he enjoys a good fisting on the quiet.
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Thats the role of the media, to make the world seem :innocent::innocent::innocent::innocent:
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Because drama gives views and criticising someone massively gets a lot of views.
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Because he's not left.
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Homophobia has no place in our society, his views should be criticised.
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You are allowed to think being gay is a sin. As a feminist, I see no problem in him saying that, as long as he wouldn't create laws discriminating against homosexuals.
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What if someone dressed up as a Nazi in private?

Things people do or think in private hint at what they'd like to do in public.
That is a terrible analogy, what if people dressed up as a pirate in private. Also he can't actually put forward policy without people's approval (not that he is in any position to do so yet). Since the masses don't agree with being a Nazi I don't see how they would have any power in creating policy aimed at being a Nazi.
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The media don't report facts anymore, they report opinions. Even the BBC News is not real news....it is their politically biased slant on the news. They are all as bad as each other.
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Because being Liberal means tolerating the views and opinions of everyone




Unless they disagree with me
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No idea as if he was a Muslim they wouldn't dare criticise him as that would be racist and islamophobic wouldn't it?

Although I believe that his views towards homosexuals is wrong, I will defend him as for some reason it's okay to be anti-Christian, but being anti-Islam seems to be the worst thing you can ever do and some think it shouldn't be illegal to criticise Islam.
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Because he's not just a private citizen, he's standing for election to represent the public. Holding a viewpoint which is, to the say the least, critical of many voters' is extremely relevant. Just as the media took interest when Emily Thornberry seemed to be condescending towards someone's patriotic display of English flags, they take interest when the Lib Dem leader appears critical of LGB people. If elected it's his job to represent them fairly and equally, and this calls into question his ability to do that.
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(Original post by Meany Pie)
Homophobia has no place in our society, his views should be criticised.
Homophobia is the hatred and fear of gay people. Believing that homosexual sex and relationships are wrong isn't hateful. Attacking gay people is hateful. Refusing to say that it is not a sin certainly isn't hateful.

A politician's policies are what matters. Tim Farron has consistently voted in favour of gay rights legislation.
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You are allowed to think being gay is a sin. As a feminist, I see no problem in him saying that, as long as he wouldn't create laws discriminating against homosexuals.
Exactly, and he has a track record of voting for gay rights legislation.
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No idea as if he was a Muslim they wouldn't dare criticise him as that would be racist and islamophobic wouldn't it?

Although I believe that his views towards homosexuals is wrong, I will defend him as for some reason it's okay to be anti-Christian, but being anti-Islam seems to be the worst thing you can ever do and some think it shouldn't be illegal to criticise Islam.
Yeah I agree. It seems that discrimination against Christians is acceptable by the mainstream media whereas anything even mentioning Islam is avoided.
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Because he's not just a private citizen, he's standing for election to represent the public. Holding a viewpoint which is, to the say the least, critical of many voters' is extremely relevant. Just as the media took interest when Emily Thornberry seemed to be condescending towards someone's patriotic display of English flags, they take interest when the Lib Dem leader appears critical of LGB people. If elected it's his job to represent them fairly and equally, and this calls into question his ability to do that.
He has voted for gay rights legislation. He has stated that politicians should keep their religious views out of legislation. Many Christians believe that gay rights are a grey area which they are unsure about. Tim Farron's views should be personal as he clearly doesn't want to talk about them. He shouldn't be bullied by the media into saying 'Yes having gay sex is fine' if that contradicts his religious beliefs. As long as he keeps his views out of his politics he shouldn't be criticised for feeling a certain way about homosexuality.
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Homophobia is the hatred and fear of gay people. Believing that homosexual sex and relationships are wrong isn't hateful. Attacking gay people is hateful. Refusing to say that it is not a sin certainly isn't hateful.

A politician's policies are what matters. Tim Farron has consistently voted in favour of gay rights legislation.

Exactly, and he has a track record of voting for gay rights legislation.

Yeah I agree. It seems that discrimination against Christians is acceptable by the mainstream media whereas anything even mentioning Islam is avoided.

He has voted for gay rights legislation. He has stated that politicians should keep their religious views out of legislation. Many Christians believe that gay rights are a grey area which they are unsure about. It seems to me that some people will automocally attack anyone who isn't prepared to accept the gay rights agenda.

Well yes, I will criticise them, because I'm queer and I like having rights. It's also untrue that he votes for gay rights legislation - he abstained on marriage equality, voted against the bill on it even being given a debate in parliament and he voted against anti-discrimination protections for gay people. He's voted against letting same-sex couples adopt, and against two-women couples being able to access IVF. I know he's expressed different opinions since becoming leader, but for me actions speak louder than words and I don't trust him to represent queer people fairly and act as our representative in Parliament. His personal views undoubtedly tie into that and it's perfectly legitimate to raise that point.
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(Original post by Trapz99)
Homophobia is the hatred and fear of gay people. Believing that homosexual sex and relationships are wrong isn't hateful. Attacking gay people is hateful. Refusing to say that it is not a sin certainly isn't hateful.

A politician's policies are what matters. Tim Farron has consistently voted in favour of gay rights legislation.

Exactly, and he has a track record of voting for gay rights legislation.

Yeah I agree. It seems that discrimination against Christians is acceptable by the mainstream media whereas anything even mentioning Islam is avoided.

He has voted for gay rights legislation. He has stated that politicians should keep their religious views out of legislation. Many Christians believe that gay rights are a grey area which they are unsure about. Tim Farron's views should be personal as he clearly doesn't want to talk about them. He shouldn't be bullied by the media into saying 'Yes having gay sex is fine' if that contradicts his religious beliefs. As long as he keeps his views out of his politics he shouldn't be criticised for feeling a certain way about homosexuality.
Have you got a copy of his track record?

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Also, you can ignore the part of the article I linked where he promised to make his first opposition day bill about repealing the ban on gay people giving blood. He was lying. He made it about housing policy instead.
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You are allowed to think being gay is a sin. As a feminist, I see no problem in him saying that, as long as he wouldn't create laws discriminating against homosexuals.
You can't be a feminist and be against homosexuality
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(Original post by nutz99)
The media don't report facts anymore, they report opinions. Even the BBC News is not real news....it is their politically biased slant on the news. They are all as bad as each other.
Do you think the BBC are a left or right wing outlet?
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(Original post by Saoirse:3)
Also, you can ignore the part of the article I linked where he promised to make his first opposition day bill about repealing the ban on gay people giving blood. He was lying. He made it about housing policy instead.
That is what the lib dems do, promise one thing a do another. I don't need to break out Nick Clegg - I'm Sorry Remix.

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It has been mentioned a number of times before, and it is presumably so that the Lib Dem supporters switch to someone else, given that I suspect in general their supporters are less likely to be anti-gay than the other two main parties.
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